COGNITIVE CHANGES (CHEMO BRAIN)
Cognitive Changes (Chemo Brain)
Cancer and its treatment can affect many aspects of your health, including your cognitive skills, or thinking process. Brain tumors, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and hormone therapies can result in significant cognitive changes, such as difficulty with concentration, memory, and multitasking. These types of cognitive changes are often called “chemo brain.”
Causes of Cognitive Changes with Brain Tumors
Causes of Cognitive Changes with Other Types of Cancer
Types of Cognitive Problems
Cognitive changes can be obvious to others, or they can be so subtle that your coworkers, friends, and family fail to notice them. You may find it difficult to:
Your lifestyle may influence how much these changes have an impact on your daily living. If you are retired and have a more flexible schedule, you might find these symptoms easy to manage.
However, if you are working, parenting, or running a household, a change in your cognitive abilities may cause you significant distress. You may notice that you can handle one task without problems, but you become overwhelmed with multiple tasks, distractions, and deadlines.
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